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Last updated November 9, 2022
RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: I am not currnetly recruiting students but if you feel you would have an exceptionally good fit in our research group, please feel free to reach out. Please see here for more details.
ABOUT THE LAB: I am an associate professor in the Biological Sciences department at the University of Texas at El Paso. Our laboratory's research is focused on investigating the plant and soil processes that drive terrestrial ecosystems. A consistent theme in our work is filling in the belowground component of our understanding of ecosystems to complement existing knowledge of aboveground processes. We use approaches such as biogeochemistry, including isotopic analyses, laboratory experiments, and field experiments. Field projects have focused on mountain, desert, and Arctic tundra ecosystems. Many projects also include a global change component such as the effects of invasive species, air pollution, or climate change.
CURRENT WORK: During my first eight years at UTEP, a major focus of the lab has been a National Science Foundation funded project examining the fungal loop in desert ecosystems. We are currently concluding work on this project and the lab is transitioning toward some new projects, most especially studies of carbon cycling in drylands including the above-mentioned critical zone work. As part of this suite of projects, we recently acquired an isotopic trace gas analyzer that measures isotopes of CO2. Finally, we have an active project examining enzyme activities in Arctic soils. Read more about lab projects here.
Department of Biological Sciences
500 W. University Ave.
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968
Office: Biology B401
Lab: Biology B419
Pronunciation of Darrouzet: DARE-uh-ZET.